Kerala CM urges PM to grant `classical` status to Malayalam
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Last Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011, 20:01
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan on Friday expressed the hope that Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh would consider the state's demand for granting 'classical' status to Malayalam, the only South Indian laguague to get the coveted ranking.

"This demand has been before the Prime Minister. We hope, he would consider it", Achuthanandan said while presiding over a function where the Sing presented the 43rd Jnanpith award to eminent Malayalam poet O N V Kurup.

The Chief Minister also sought the Prime Minister's intervention for making Malayalam learning compulusory in Kerala schools following central syllabuses.

"Learning English and Hindi are compulsory in schools that follow central board syllabuses. Malayalam is still out of them. We wanted Prime Minister to intervene in this matter to ensure that the mother tongue (of Keralites) is not discriminated in schools that follow central syllabuses", he said.

The Kerala Government had recently submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking conferment of classical status to Malayalam, claiming that it met all the parameters for inclusion in that coveted category along with other South Indian luanguages Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.


First Published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 20:01

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